Sanctions rebates

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A new Jobcentre letter issued on 07 August 2012 gives fuller details of the Work Programme (WP) sanctions regime. It’s one of the DWP’s initial responses to the Reilly & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions High Court ruling* by Judge Foskett, that could lead to 44,000 people being given benefit sanctions rebates, of up to £1846. Corporate Watch recently did a report on sanctions doubts issued by Work Programme Providers, followed up by disclosure of detailed sanctions statistics by the DWP under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). The potential sanctions rebates are based upon the original  WP referral letter (WP05) not being a valid notification of the sanctions regime of the WP, which leaves open the possibility that, to quote  Judge Foskett:

“There could be no question of sanctions being validly imposed if no proper notice of the sanction consequences was given.”
Source: [2012] EWHC 2292 (Admin)06 August 2012

*Judge Foskett  has granted permission for all parties to appeal against the ruling.

Work Programme Sanctions statistics

  1. Corporate WatchSanctions: the punishing reality of the coalition’s welfare reforms
  2. JSA sanctions doubt referrals by Work Programme Providers and  geographical location
  3. JSA sanctions doubt referrals by Work Programme Providers and  geographical location.

2. JSA sanctions doubt referrals by Work Programme Providers and  geographical location
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/122779/response/301154/attach/4/FOI%202833.xls
Source: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/jsa_entitlement_doubt_referrals#incoming-301154

3. Work Programme referrals, attachments and Jobseekers Allowance sanctions
http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/adhoc_analysis/2012/work_programme_referrals_jsa_sanctions_jan12.pdf

Age over 25 plus, potential JSA sanctions rebates (based on current JSA rates)
£142 – 2 week sanction
£284 – 4 week sanction
£1846 – 26 week sanction
(Benefits stopped for 26 weeks can be lifted after 4 weeks, see letter below)

Age under 25, potential JSA sanctions rebates (based on August 2012 JSA rates)
£112.50 – £142 – 2 week sanction
£225 – 4 week sanction
£1463.50 – 26 week sanction
(Benefits stopped for 26 weeks can be lifted after 4 weeks, see letter below)

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